The Williams Fork River is best known for its tailwater section, which is released from the Williams Fork Reservoir, and flows into the Colorado River a few miles downstream of its origin.  The Williams Fork tailwater fishes best when it has enough CFS to entice fish from the Colorado River to run up it ( lets say between 100-200 CFS).  a solid population of midges, Baetis, PMD’s,  and caddis exist in the Williams Fork below the dam. Also notable are mosquito’s that develop in this area, they are second only to the mighty mosquitos of Muddy Creek.  Bring DEET, cover all skin, and wear bug nets during peek mosquito season. A light nymph rig is the norm for fishing this stretch of water, although strong hatches can produce solid dry fly fishing at times.  Streamer fishing can also be good here in the fall.

 

 

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Current Conditions:

 

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE UPDATE:

Size: 10,813 Acres | Contained: 3%

**Ute Pass Road is currently closed to through traffic, but the Williams Fork access lot can be reached from the north end of Ute Pass**

 

River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second): 

 At the moment flows are near 69 CFS, a little lower than we like to see, but still very fishable.

 

Water Temperature (degrees F): 

Mid-upper 40's. Typical damn release temperatures from Williams Fork Reservoir. 

 

Water Clarity:

Crystal Clear, barring heavy precipitation, or drastic increase in flow.

 

Current Food Sources:

Yellow Sallies | caddis | Quills | Baetis | Tricos | midges | small fish, leeches, etc. |

 

Flies to Try:

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99

 

Nymphs:

  Mercer's poxyback Micro Stone gold or dark size 16-18 | Chocolate Foam Wing | Poison Tung Green/black size 18-20 | Barr's Graphic Caddis tan size 14-18 | | Tungsten JuJu Baetis natural size 18-20 | RS2 black size 18-22 | Pure Midge black or cream size 18-22 | WD-40 grey size 18-24 | Mayer's Tube Midge black size 18-22 | 

 

Dries:

 | Chubby Chernobyl olive or tan size 10-16 | Parachute Adams size 16-24 | Parachute Extended Body BWO or PMD size 16-22 | Black foam body caddis size 14-16 | Solitude Midge olive size 18-22 | Brook Sprouts Midge black or grey size 20-24 | Trailing Shuck Midge dark size 20-24 | 

 

Streamers:

  Chou’s Fortune Cookie brown/yellow size 04 | Sculpzilla black, olive , or natural size 8 | Bread and Butter Bugger size 04-06 | Near Nuff Sculpin olive, or tan, size 06 | Ishiwata’s Articulated Snitch olive size 06 | Bead Head Mini Leech Wine | Pine Squirrel Leech black size 12 | 

 

guide tip of the week:

Lower flows here are often prodcutive with a Hopper/dropper rig. Caddis, PMD's, Baetis, Tricos, and midges are all potential hatches.  Consider terrestrial pattern as your dry, with caddis or stonefly nymphs dropped 18-24 inches below, followed by smaller midge or mayfly emergers. If this technique is not getting much action, a "tailwater style (small/realistic nymphs, split shot, strike indictor)" nymph rig could be needed. 

 

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